Appendix:Malay words of Tamil origin

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This article lists Malay words that are derived from Tamil. There may be a lack of direct peer-reviewed references for the individual words.

People from the various parts of the Indian subcontinent have been in communication with Southeast Asia for several millennia, and influence of various Indian languages may be seen in Malay. Moreover, Tamil, a language of great antiquity, while influencing other Indian languages, has also been influenced in turn by other languages of India. Hence the term Tamil used in this article must be taken to mean words found in Tamil, and not necessarily words of pure Tamil stock.

Several words are bound to have their origin from Sanskrit or Pali, entering Malay through Tamil, and have cognates in other Asian languages. Sanskrit and Tamil have coexisted for so long in India that it is often difficult to separate which word originated from which language. You can find similar words in Thai, Sinhala, Hindi, etc. Malayalam may have borrowed some of them from Tamil.

Malay terms derived from Tamil[edit]

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References[edit]

  • de Vries, Jan W., Grijns, C.D., and Santa Maria, L. 1983, Indonesian: a check-list of words of European origin in Indonesian and traditional Malay, Leiden: Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde. Tharuma Prabu-Malaysian Indian, ISBN 90-6718-004-1.
  • The Extent of the Influence of Tamil on the Malay Language: A Comparative Study - Dr. T.Wignesan (This paper was given at the VIIIth World Tamil Studies Congress, held in the Tamil University in Tanjavur, India, on December-January 1994-95, now published in the critical collection: T. Wignesan. Sporadic Striving amid Echoed Voices, Mirrored Images & Stereotypic Posturing in Malaysian-Singaporean Literatures. Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 2008, xix-244p.)